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The commercial you are watching -
don’t change the channel, please -
will illustrate the features
of Huntington’s disease.
Our product’s unobtrusive.
You may not see a sign
but once we start that’s twenty years’
inexorable decline.
Your mum seems strangely lazy,
your husband’s in a mood,
your grandma’s having trouble
in managing her food.
The symptoms of frustration
are hardly to be borne
until your prayers are answered
and all feeling is withdrawn.
It’s a deadly diagnosis –
who wants to face the worst?
Some seem to live in ignorance,
some realise they’re cursed.
But that’s the choice we offer.
We think we’re here to stay
so – will you look us in the eye
or will you turn away?